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					                                                                                      14 February 2008

                       THOMAS COOK ACQUIRES HOTELS4U.COM

         Strengthening Thomas Cook’s position in the independent travel sector


Thomas Cook Group plc (“Thomas Cook”) (LSE: TCG.L) today announces that it has agreed to
acquire the entire issued share capital of hotels4U.com Limited (“Hotels4U”) from Centurion Holiday
Group Limited (“CHG”). The initial consideration, net of amounts to be reinvested by Haim Perry,
Managing Director of Hotels4U and Jacky Bedlow, Finance Director, is £21.8 million payable in cash
from internal resources. The management’s reinvestment is subject to earn out arrangements based
on the profitability of Hotels4U up to 2013.


Hotels4U, which sells exclusively via the internet, is the UK’s largest independent bed bank, providing
accommodation and resort transfers to over 500,000 customers per year and has access to in excess
of 30,000 hotels internationally. The current Hotels4U senior management team will remain with the
business, including Haim Perry who founded the company in 2003.


Commenting on the acquisition agreement, Manny Fontenla-Novoa, Group Chief Executive, Thomas
Cook Group plc said: “We are delighted to have signed this agreement with Hotels4U. This is an
acquisition that fits perfectly with our strategy of enhancing Thomas Cook’s position in the
independent travel sector and will also further strengthen our mainstream business. Hotels4u is
already a highly successful business led by an experienced management team and we look forward to
working with Haim Perry and his team to further develop our position in this rapidly growing segment
and to building on our customer offering.”


Haim Perry, Managing Director of Hotels4U, added: “I am delighted that we have reached an
agreement with Thomas Cook, who we believe is our ideal partner going forward. As a business we
now have access to the international markets that Thomas Cook is present in and therefore the
opportunity for further growth.”
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For further information please contact:

Brunswick                                 Tel: +44 (0)20 7404 5959
Fiona Antcliffe
Sophie Brand

About Thomas Cook Group plc
Thomas Cook Group plc was formed on 19 June 2007 by the merger of Thomas Cook AG and MyTravel Group
plc. The new company is one of the world’s leading leisure travel groups with sales of around £8 billion (€12
billion), 19 million customers, around 33,000 employees, a fleet of 97 aircraft, a network of over 3,000 owned or
franchised travel stores and a number of hotels and resort properties. It has operations in four regions: UK &
Ireland; Continental Europe (Germany, Austria, Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia
and Slovakia); Northern Europe (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland) and North America (Canada and USA);
and German airlines operating under the Condor brand.

				
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